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Posted By D2Denny Friday, December 07, 2018 1:39 PM
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Somewhere in my A-Car's previous life, someone had replaced the dash panels with cheap polished aluminum diamond tread material and done a dismal job doing it. Examining ways to return the dash to some semblance of originality, I came across the hydrographic process. In simple terms its floating a film similar to a decal on water and dipping what you want covered into it. There are literally hundreds of designs including just about any wood grain or color you can imagine. I purchased a "Mydipkit" kit (about $80.00) in the burl wood option. The kit comes with enough film to do a complete dash and them some. Also included are small spray aerosol cans of primer, base color, release agent, and clear. I made new panels out of an old aluminum highway sign (12 gauge). I did the dipping in a small plastic tub using hot water out of the tap. There are many YouTube tutorials on how to do this, and with a small practice piece or two, anyone can achieve great results. Googling hydodipping or hydrographics will bring up a host of suppliers for materials and some amazing things people have done using this process. If you are looking for a small winter project to spruce up your interior that can be mostly done in your kitchen by the average guy give it a try.

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D2Denny (12/7/2018)
Somewhere in my A-Car's previous life, someone had replaced the dash panels with cheap polished aluminum diamond tread material and done a dismal job doing it. Examining ways to return the dash to some semblance of originality, I came across the hydrographic process. In simple terms its floating a film similar to a decal on water and dipping what you want covered into it. There are literally hundreds of designs including just about any wood grain or color you can imagine. I purchased a "Mydipkit" kit (about $80.00) in the burl wood option. The kit comes with enough film to do a complete dash and them some. Also included are small spray aerosol cans of primer, base color, release agent, and clear. I made new panels out of an old aluminum highway sign (12 gauge). I did the dipping in a small plastic tub using hot water out of the tap. There are many YouTube tutorials on how to do this, and with a small practice piece or two, anyone can achieve great results. Googling hydodipping or hydrographics will bring up a host of suppliers for materials and some amazing things people have done using this process. If you are looking for a small winter project to spruce up your interior that can be mostly done in your kitchen by the average guy give it a try.
very interesting results may have to try something like that thanks for posting
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 Posted Friday, December 07, 2018 4:20 PM
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Nice results...................but it must have taken a few cold days to complete the job .
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What great information!!!

And what a great result!!!

Thanks for posting this info......much appreciated!!

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Looks absolutely terrific! terry
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Dan:
Actually took about a month and a half as I took the complete dash apart, refinished the face, repaired the top plastic facia as it was broken in 3 pieces, and repaired all the behind the dash wiring. About 5 years ago I installed a furnace in my workshop. At my age I refuse to work in the cold anymore!

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I've seen this process "hawked" at car shows and wondered just how DIY friendly the process was. Thanks for the useful information, sure's a great looking dash.

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Wow, Who thought diamond tread plate made a good dash material? Great lay-out of all the gauges on your new panels.

I had seen promotional material for that coating process years ago. Kohler offered it on their top of the line plumbing fixtures. I didn't realize it came in "Do it Yourself" at home kits. Your results are great. Bet you will smile every time you look down at that dash.

I drove a 1974 Diamond Reo ready-mix truck the summer of 1975 that had a vinyl overlay on the dash that looked llke Walnut. It was a nice touch, but a ready-mix truck is basically a "mobile mudhole", I wore rubber boots about 11 of the 12 weeks I drove the truck. Tough to keep inside of truck clean. Had to keep it on the road 6 days a week.
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Very nice.. will remember that trick.
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Yeah, that's great looking work. I'll be keeping this in mind too.

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